Men’s Tennis Stays Unblemished in Horizon League Action
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Men’s Tennis Stays Unblemished in Horizon League Action
Dave Bacalla picked up doubles and singles victories on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team returned to form after having its 17-match winning streak halted last weekend, starting a new streak with a 6-1 victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday at the Yeager Tennis Complex in Highland Heights. The Crusaders upped their record to 18-3 (4-0 Horizon), while the Norse plummeted to 5-6 (1-4 Horizon) with the defeat.

How It Happened

  • The Crusaders grabbed the doubles point in convincing fashion. Dave Bacalla (Skokie, Ill. / Niles North) and Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) corralled a 6-2 win over Lukas Clemens and Mate Virag at No.1. Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and Chad Kissell (Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe) also won 6-2, getting the better of Blaine Carter and Court Clark at No. 2.
  • The No. 3 doubles match went unfinished as Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio / Poland) and Daniel Langston (Ponca City, Okla. / Ponca City) were engaged in a 4-4 deadlock with Javier Araya and Andrew Niehaus at the time play was halted.
  • The first singles match to come to a close was No. 3, as Bacalla downed Clark 6-3, 6-3.
  • Brandon Ancona (Belvidere, Ill. / Rockford Christian) was also a straight-set winner, as he topped Adrian Isache 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5.
  • After suffering his first setback of the spring last week, Schorsch regained his stride with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Virag at No. 1. That win locked up the win for the Crusaders.
  • Brian Pecya (Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Homeschooled) was inserted into the lineup at No. 6 singles and outdid Blaine Carr 6-3, 6-4.
  • Dunn was victorious at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2 over Isache.
  • Northern Kentucky’s lone team point of the day occurred at No. 2 singles, as Araya nipped Kissell 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

Inside the Match

  • The Crusaders prevailed despite playing without Charlie Emhardt, who was sidelined by a leg injury.
  • The Crusaders are 12-0 against Horizon League opponents (including league tournament matches) over the last two seasons.
  • With three regular-season matches plus the Horizon League Tournament and potential postseason play all remaining, the Crusaders are three wins away from matching the program record of 21 wins established a year ago.
  • Schorsch and Dunn remain tied for the team lead in wins with 22 apiece. Schorsch is the team leader in dual match wins as he sits at 15-1 this spring.
  • Araya’s win at No. 2 singles made him the first Horizon League player to win a singles or doubles match against the Crusaders this season. The last Horizon League player to win a singles match against the Crusaders before Saturday was Bassem El Mekawi of Youngstown State on April 23, 2016. Valpo is 8-0 in Horizon League doubles matches this year, and now sits at 23-1 in league singles matches.
  • Schorsch picked up his 108th career doubles win, pulling to within two of Emhardt for the program record. Bacalla’s doubles win was his 74th, which ranks third in program history.
  • Schorsch also grabbed his program-record 106th career singles win.

Next Up

The Crusaders will round out the road trip on Sunday as they visit Wright State for a match that begins at 9 a.m. CT.